Table of Contents Indian Reserves

Indian Reserves

Development within Indian Reserves is entirely outside the Ministry's authority. Roads within Indian Reserves are not public roads as defined by the Transportation Act and the Ministry's only input would concern their connection to the public road system. Before approving their connection to the public road system, the District Development Technician or District Manager, Transportation must make sure that they meet the same requirements as other types of access.

If a subdivision application is made for land beyond an Indian Reserve and proposed access is through the reserve, that access must be dedicated as a highway right of way. Access by easement through the Indian Reserve does not satisfy Section 9 of BC Regulation 334/79.

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